Ask The Doctor

WILL A SHOT OF BOOZE CURE A COLD?

Over the years, there has been much heated discussion and quite a bit of research about the health benefits of alcohol. It may have started back in the twenties when a British ad campaign, “Guinness is good for you,” led people to believe that the Irish stout had healing properties. Evidently, people told the company that they felt good after their pint, and the slogan—and the myth—was born.

Along with alcohol, echinacea, vitamin C, zinc, and chicken soup have all been touted as cures—or preventives—for the common cold. Unfortunately there is no strong evidence for any of them. For a cold you need rest, fluids, and a little time. What fluids? It basically comes down to whether you think beer or chicken soup is better for the soul.

No contest.
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Does a bath including a tidal wave count as pushing liquids? I think SO!